Optical Pumping of High Power Lasers with an Array of Plasma Pinches.
Final rept. 1 Nov 81-31 Oct 84,
ILLINOIS UNIV AT URBANA CHARGED PARTICLE RESEARCH LAB
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Two dense plasma focus systems, the hypocycloidal pinch and the Mather type were investigated as the potential excitation light sources for high energy, short wavelength lasers. Using the hypocycloidal pinch HCP, extensive lasing experiments were successfully performed, for the first time, on organic dyes producng results indicative of the capabilities and limitations the HCP system as an optical pump. A proof of principle lasing experiment was also performed for the first time using the Mather type dense plasma focus MDPF sucsessfully. Results thus fare indicate that both HCP and MDPF are excellent high energy, short wavelength optical pumps and that as an optical pump, the MDPF system is more versatile, efficient, and powerful than the HCP system, especially in the short wavelength spectral region.
- Lasers and Masers